Week 45 – November 6
Prosperity project condemns
The federal review panel has released its report and recommendations on the New Prosperity Mine project, stating the mine would result in “significant adverse environmental effects.”
Taseko representative Brian Battison said the company strongly disagreed with the panel’s findings related to impacts on the potential water quality of Fish Lake, and would be challenging them.
Goose dispatched by COs
A 97 Mile area resident was traumatized after Conservation Officers (COs) seized and euthanized Daffy, her pet Canada goose.
Marilyn Rodda said she was heartbroken after COs entered her property, chased, captured and killed her pet gander while she was away.
The Ministry of Environment responded by stating that keeping wildlife as domestic pets is illegal, and noted federal pet permits are not available for migratory birds.
Week 46 – November 13
Prosperity panel got wrong data
Taseko Mines Ltd. claimed Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) led the federal review panel to incorrect findings by using the wrong design in its analysis of the proposed New Prosperity Mine.
Taseko’s engineering consultant, Knight Piesold, indicated the wrong design was used when NRCan analyzed potential seepage rates from the tailings storage, and was missing a crucial, low-permeability liner that restricts seepage.
Service dog welcomed
100 Mile House residents were introduced to a new community member frequenting local stores and restaurants, but Howie isn’t a person – he’s a Level 2 Certified Service Dog.
A canine companion and helper for local army veteran Dwayne Butler, the one-year-old male Rottweiler is identified by a bright orange vest with attached training certifications. Butler suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Howie helps him get out and about.
Week 47 – November 20
Beehive burner busted up
The last beehive burner at 100 Mile Lumber was reduced to rubble in October.
While the old burner hadn’t been used for several years, West Fraser’s local mill used the structure to store wood byproducts. Much of the mill’s sawdust is now used in a cleaner-burning system that heats the buildings and dries the lumber, while shavings and bark go to Williams Lake for wood pellet production and power generation.
Week 48 – November 27
Appeal for bowling alley operator
100 Mile Bowling Alley was once again in danger of closing its doors, so a call went out to find a local group or agency to step in and take over its operation.
Cedar Crest Society for Community Living executive director Tim Guthrie had been approached by the owners to investigate this potential. The idea was that a non-profit group might run the business in an agreement with the owners, and forestall the facility’s demise.